Tagged with news

March 11th – six months on

“Now all we can do is look forward. We only have one life, after all.” Takashige Kowata, Fukushima evacuee. I know a lot of people are thinking about America today, what with it being ten years since 9/11. But for me (and for many people), it’s a different anniversary. Today marks six months since the … Continue reading

Lady Gaga and Japan

I’ve mentioned Lady Gaga a few times on this blog, and I know she might not instantly strike you as being Japan-related. However, she does seem to have a bit of a passion for Japan, and that is why I am mentioning her again today. First, not long after the March 11th disaster, Lady Gaga … Continue reading

Support Japan Bra

I just read this on Daily Gossip.org: Triumph Creates “Support Japan Bra”. Apparently, “The popular lingerie manufacturer Triumph created a new and odd model named “Support Japan Bra”. The lingerie doesn’t consist only in bras, but in differed lingerie pieces. They all carry messages of encouragement for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.” Hmm. The … Continue reading

Everything’s coming up sakura…

Spring seems to have sprung in Hamamatsu and the cherry blossom (sakura) is starting to bloom.  For more than a month now I have been seeing sakura designs on everything from alcoholic drinks: ☆★☆ To Starbucks: To my co-worker’s fingernails: And muffins: Sakura symbolises more than just the start of spring in Japan. Sakura has … Continue reading

Where is Shizuoka?

Literally thousands of people have visited my blog over the last couple of days, and I have had many messages from strangers, concerned about their loved ones in Shizuoka Prefecture. So, I thought I’d just give you an idea of the geography of it all: Click on the map for a larger image (Image source) … Continue reading

Another earthquake/tsunami update…

What a strange day. First, the situation in Shizuoka Prefecture where I live is still totally fine. In fact, the Tsunami warning level on the JMA website has been reduced to “yellow”, which means a height of only 0.5m, if it hits at all. (JMA) I’ve had a lot of concerned messages, not just from … Continue reading

Earthquake/Tsunami update

As I wake up this morning in Japan it’s like yesterday was a bad dream. The sun is shining through my balcony window, the sound of traffic outside is normal. It’s peaceful. But as soon as I switch on the TV and log on to the Internet I am reminded of the terrible destruction and … Continue reading

March 2011 Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan

This is a follow-up to my earlier post about today’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I wrote my previous post on my cell phone during my lunch break, so I couldn’t provide many details easily. Unfortunately, I had to work until 9pm, so I couldn’t learn more about the disaster until now. So here’s what … Continue reading


So, I made my USTREAM debut today on YokosoNews’s live show. If you missed it, don’t worry, you can watch it here. It was really fun to be on the show, and I very much admire what Katz is doing with YokosoNews.  YokosoNews is a social media platform to exchange travel, lifestyle, culture, study and … Continue reading